By: Bob Roberts, Jr.
My heart goes out to the families of the 4 US Marines and the Navy Sailor who lost their lives and all those injured. There have been far too many mass shootings in our nation and sadly no longer disbelief as much as when will the next one occur. Whether it’s a White Supremicist, an extremist Muslim, or a mentally disturbed person – it all says something is seriously wrong in our nation and no one wants to do much of anything different. But of this I am convinced, we must come together, stand together, and not turn on one another. The old saying “United we stand divided we fall” has never been truer.
But once again it’s as if we’ve forgotten what we were taught as children and we no longer know how to treat one another. Our country is gripped by fear and by political polarization where we no longer know how to listen to one another, compromise, or stand up for one another. I was so sad, when I read the Facebook posting of Franklin Graham calling for a halt to any immigration from someone who is a Muslim and to call their congressman to make it happen. This would be devastating for those wanting to be Americans, as well as creating a perception that all evangelicals have of Muslims, which is incorrect. The majority of the mass shootings have been from non-Muslims. Because your platform is so large, built by the faithful witness of your Father, those of us, of your tribe, must challenge you, and this kind of thinking. This is not “evangelical” and even less evangelistic. This is not the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus your father taught so many of us as little children. Rhetoric like this is hurtful, incendiary, polarizing, and denies the Gospel of Jesus and instead of making people open to the Gospel, creates barriers and walls. Read more